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All hands on deck for refurbishment of The Ship

When the owners of one of Plymouth’s most iconic building were looking to refurbish and upgrade the derelict office within weeks instead of months, they needed a team of installers able to hit the ground running, and a flexible heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that would still deliver the energy savings needed.

HVAC

“When we first decided to buy The Ship we knew that the existing HVAC system was just inadequate and the whole system would need upgrading,” explained Rob Monroe, managing director of owners Burrington Estates.   “New tenants were keen to move in so we also had limited time in which to make the drastic changes that were required.”

What was needed was a company that would be able to design, install, commission and maintain a far more energy efficient and sustainable system and be able to do this in a very short space of time.

“We would normally expect the timescale for completion of a job like this to be three or four months and we were given 10 weeks,” said Kurt Hedgley, managing director, JCW Energy Services Ltd.  “Not only this, the client needed us on site just seven days from the date of receiving the purchase order.”

The company was able to build a team from a number of its nationwide offices and called upon the technical and logistical support of manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric.

“JCW Energy Services was a perfect fit,” said Monroe, “To finish a project of this size in the tight timescale given, I applaud their speed, organization, engineering team and work ethic.”

Built in 1993, The Ship used to be home to The Herald and Western Morning News but in recent years it has been left empty and was even being considered for demolition until a leading city property development company, Burrington Estates, acquired the building
Now The Ship is being restored to its former glory, and has been renamed Spirit of Enterprise with hundreds of jobs being created by the businesses that will take up residence.

Mitsubishi Electric

“It was clear that reducing the building’s energy consumption was of paramount importance to Burrington Estates, who are renowned for their sympathetic development of historic sites in the region,” commented Kurt Hedgley.

“We worked within our partnership agreement with Mitsubishi Electric who provided us with innovative support to ensure the most suitable system that could be designed, installed and commissioned within the tight deadline specified.”

For the first phase of this impressive project, 12 City Multi Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) outdoor condensing units and four Mr Slim split air conditioning systems were installed to serve 89 individual ceiling units.

City Multi was chosen as it could be installed in a modular fashion providing JCW engineers with the flexibility needed to work around the other elements of the refurbishment.

“We chose this VRF system because of its high performance and that fact that it only uses two pipes rather than the usual three which was ideal in a job with such tight deadlines,” added Hedgley. “It also comes with intelligent controls that make it easier to interface with the Building Management System.”

As a Business Solutions Partner with the manufacturer, JCW is also able to offer a seven-year warranty on the equipment.
With the whole building under refurbishment, it was also imperative that JCW engineers could work alongside a large number of tradespeople and engineers from shop fitters, life system installers to window cleaners and even mural artists.

Working around existing equipment was also a challenge with regard to integrating systems and negotiating new pipework around old. The shape of the building and also the positioning of the plant has added to the challenge with some units being fed through over 150 metres pipe runs, putting added pressure on the system.

“One of our engineers told me that this was one of the most challenging but also the most rewarding projects he’s ever worked on,” added Hedgley.

The final solution needs to provide a regular temperature, even with the architectural challenges of the building. It also demanded a system that can be easily controlled, provide the best energy efficiency and be sustainable.

“The energy rating will drastically improve immediately and our design provides effective, simultaneous heating and cooling which can offer substantial savings on the annual running costs,” explained Hedgley.

A complete planned preventative maintenance programme has also been prepared to run alongside the seven-year warranty.

The Ship’s next phase will include the completion of the restaurant and gymnasium for the use of the staff within the offices. And finally, the amazing Board Room with its spectacular views.

This will see the completion of the plan to breathe new life back into the building and see it restored to its former glory and become a major hub for business in the area.

Further details on the services provided by JCW can be found at http://www.jcwes.com/.

https://airconditioning.mitsubishielectric.co.uk

Make sure you choose low maintenance timber windows and doors

Any homeowners considering buying timber windows and doors will know that there is always a high level of maintenance and upkeep required. External facings on timber windows and doors need regular coatings to ensure they do not rot, as well as making sure they look good for aesthetic reasons.

Accoya Wood

Traditional exterior windows and doors, in oak or other hardwoods, need to be checked several times a year, to ensure there are no cracks in paintwork or varnish. Wear and tear in exterior coatings means that damp and moisture can creep in, which can see the onset of rot if not seen to straight away. The movement in oak timber, particularly, can cause cracks within the wood and coatings.

The majority of homeowners don’t actually realise that they have the option to choose the appearance of timber windows but without the high maintenance aspect. This choice – Accoya wood – is hugely growing in popularity and is already well-known within the joinery industry.

Accoya Wood

Accoya is a modified sustainable wood product which is highly durable and therefore, very low maintenance compared to traditional timber windows and doors. The non-toxic Accoya process prevents any water bonding with the wood, greatly reducing the chance of rot and creating a highly stable product.

In fact, the Accoya wood is so durable it comes with a 50 year guarantee against rot above the ground. Its improved durability and coatings performance means Accoya offers significantly lower maintenance and upkeep costs over the lifetime of the product.

An additional benefit of using Accoya is it is a 40% better insulator than hardwoods, so using Accoya external doors and windows can offer significant savings in energy costs for homeowners.

Accoya is a non-toxic product and has won many sustainability awards for its environmental credentials.

You can find your nearest Accoya supplier by clicking here.

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Accoya® windows take in first-class views at split level Hastings home

  • Accoya specified for windows in specially designed split level house
  • Windows chosen for eco-friendly properties and high levels of durability and stability
  • Accoya window applications require little maintenance and will remain durable against variable weather conditions

Accoya, the world-leading modified wood manufactured by Accsys Technologies, has been used to construct windows and doors for a specially designed split level home located in Hastings.

Designed by London-based architecture firm Alma-nac, the property, which is called the Split House, replaces a 1950’s bungalow and run-down barn in the village of Fairlight, on the southern coast of England. The owners wanted to create a highly sustainable home which took advantage of its hilltop location. As a result, architect firm Alma-nac designed the property to extend out in three different directions, providing stunning views of the sea and nearby Dungeness headland.

Accoya architecture

The architects specified Accoya to construct the external windows, window reveals and doors for the stylish property. 38 Accoya fixed and opening windows were installed, as well as 22 glazed door leafs. The doors and windows will require little maintenance over their lifetime due to the process in which the wood is made. The acetylation process, which is used to toughen the wood, delivers outstanding levels of performance, stability and durability.

timber windows and doors

Caspar Rodgers from Alma-nac commented: “We chose Accoya because we wanted to build using eco-friendly materials that could withstand the variable weather conditions that are characteristic of England’s southern coast. Accoya is well-respected within the industry as a highly sustainable product that has high levels of durability and stability so we knew it would be the ideal material for the job.”

Laura Ladd, head of marketing for Accsys Technologies said: “The Split House in Hastings is a uniquely engineered home that is very visually impressive. Accoya windows have undergone extensive testing, and have outperformed many other window applications. Not only do the windows complement the look and style of the property but Accoya windows will also withstand the harsh winds and wet weather conditions that Hastings can experience. With its impressive durability and low maintenance requirements, Accoya makes the ideal construction material for window applications such as these.”

Inspired by design? Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

Accoya Celebrates a Decade of Durability

World-leading Modified Wood Stands the Test of Time

The world’s first home to be clad in Accoya last year celebrated its 10th anniversary, coinciding with the publication of an influential trade report proving the wood’s resilience following 10 years’ uninterrupted exposure to natural weathering.

Accoya’s ‘decade of durability’ was initially marked with a successful review in 2016 of the home of architectural designer Gordon Aitken, located near Glenrothes in Fife, Scotland.

Gordon’s was the first UK home to use Accoya cladding coated with a translucent Sikkens translucent protective coating system, using 30 m2 of Accoya wood profile cladding for both north and south facing facades. And the results after 10 years of combating the harsh Scottish climate have been remarkable.

Accoya

The 10-year anniversary of the Fife Accoya house coincides with the publication of a report published by the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) showing the test-rig results of 10 years’ uninterrupted exposure to natural weathering.

The data was obtained from a natural test exposure facility at TRADA’s HQ, with Accoya used as vertical cladding and coated in a Sikkens high-build opaque and medium-build semi-translucent coating system.

Observational evidence showed that both the Accoya rigs irrespective of whether they were coated with either woodstain were found to be in an excellent condition after 10 years of natural weathering.

The report stated that: “Neither rig showed any evidence of any coating breakdown or substrate instability with the possible exception of the rig coated with the semi-translucent woodstain where slight fissuring around nail heads was seen to have developed on the north facing aspect…arguably the greatest significance of the findings resides in the fact that the Sikkens coating, in both cases, showed no requirement for maintenance after 10 years.”

TRADA’s report concluded that: “the results of test have shown that the use of Accoya as a substrate for exterior cladding systems can achieve significant benefits in terms of longer performance and reduced maintenance, compared to typical lifetime expectations when conventional softwoods are used.”

Manufactured by Accsys Technologies, Accoya has proven popular with architects and joiners across the world, especially where quality, stability and aesthetics are important. And for Laura Keily, Marketing Director at Accsys Technologies, both 10-year accolades are living proof of Accoya’s long term viability over the longer term – even in the harshest of weather conditions.

Offering exceptional durability and stability, Accoya is an attractive wood product which is perfect for a variety of uses from windows and doors to external cladding, structural projects and decking.  Accoya also boasts excellent environmental credentials by using wood sourced from FSC® certified, sustainable forests and Cradle to Cradle Gold certified.

Gordon Aitken, said: “I initially chose Accoya due to its exceptional Class 1 durability and 50-year above ground guarantee, as well as being impressed by its environmental credentials and aesthetic qualities,” explains Gordon.

“Since it was installed in 2006, we have experienced a lot of harsh weather conditions ranging from rain, sleet and snow and even some piercing sunshine, with the north façade being particularly exposed. But in the last 10 years, I have only maintained the cladding once by cleaning with a mild soapy water solution, restoring it to an ‘as new’ appearance.

“It is quite remarkable that the Accoya cladding and Sikkens coating is in such good condition after such a long time.  I had initially chosen Accoya as I had wanted a material that required minimal maintenance, but offered high aesthetic qualities to complement the design of the building, and after 10 years of tough living, this has definitely proved to be the case.”

Laura Keily, Head of Marketing at Accsys Technologies, said: “Once again, we can point to powerful evidence of Accoya’s extreme durability both in a domestic environment and in a tried and tested scientific site. The results speak for themselves, and demonstrate the huge potential of Accoya for durable home cladding projects, appealing directly to design experts and consumers alike.”

Inspired by design?  Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

Mecanoo Architects use Trimo’s bespoke panel solution for HOME, Manchester City Centre

HOME, a £25m, multi-disciplinary art centre, was designed by Mecanoo Architects, based in the Netherlands. HOME is part of the development of the creative quarter in Manchester, and is the largest arts centre in the UK outside the capital city of London. It boasts a 500-seat theatre, five cinema screens, a gallery and studio space and a café, bar and restaurant.

sustainable wall system

Project Requirements

Project architect Ernst ter Horst designed the building’s exterior to be stunning from all aspects. Its curved, triangular shape – made possible using Trimo’s Qbiss One façade solution – captures the eye, delivering a strong focal point for the area.

From a design perspective, the façade requirement was challenging and called for innovative thinking by Trimo; a leader provider of building envelope solutions. The project required a close working relationship between Trimo and Mecanoo, to ensure the aesthetic elements and performance targets of the specification could be reached.

The façade specification called for elements such as self-spanning slab-to-slab panels, the articulation of the panel joints, with integral vertical fins, integrated glazing, and a unique stainless steel dual colour front skin.

Solution

Trimo addressed Mecanoo’s requirements with its Qbiss One façade solution. Compared to alternative products which use a ‘cut and fold’ approach, with panels needing to be sealed manually then touched up with paint, Qbiss One provides a completely prefabricated solution. Its unique rounded corner provides a superior aesthetic appearance while also preventing any potential threat of corrosion.

sustainable wall system

Unlike conventional built up wall systems, Qbiss One is self-supporting. It eliminates the need for any additional support or substructure, reducing total building time. There is no need for a brick or concrete wall or any on-site cutting or post-production modification. Developed with sustainability in mind, Qbiss One is made of environmentally friendly materials, is 98% recyclable and has a low CO2 footprint of just 44kg/m2 during the lifetime of the building; enabling HOME to meet Manchester City Council’s policy for low carbon development, sustainable procurement and operation.

Results

The completed façade solution provides a stunning and unique addition to Manchester’s city centre skyline and adds to Mecanoo architect’s growing list of award winning buildings. The configuration of the building blends public and social to create a harmonised, well balanced structure. The building’s triangular shape, combined with Qbiss One’s curved façade sets it apart from adjacent developments and provide a welcoming yet contemporary exterior.

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“Thanks to the commitment and expertise of the Trimo team, we collaboratively developed an innovative evolution in the Qbiss range in marine grade stainless steel, with spectacular results.” – Ernst ter Horst

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Charcon’s Cycle Kerb Wins Top London Innovation Award

Cycle Kerb Segregation System

Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has been crowned the winner of the Innovation of the Year – Materials category at the 2016 London Construction Awards, thanks to its Eco Countryside™ Cycle Kerb Segregation System.

The judges were impressed by Charcon’s creativity and expertise in developing a bespoke hard landscaping solution that would serve as a safe and sustainable segregation system which, in the case of the Mayor’s Flagship Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2), is already helping to reduce the number of accidents on London’s roads.

The creation of this innovative product derived from TfL’s significant investment in the CS2 between Aldgate and Bow interchange to make the route safer for cyclists and other road users, following a significant amount of cycle related incidents in the area.

The challenge was to create a unique integrated system that reduced both installation time and traffic disruption.  The Eco Countryside™ Cycle Kerb Segregation System was subsequently developed by Charcon’s technical team as an alternative to the imported granite kerb configuration with concrete block paving inlay previously used.  Replicating the aesthetics of natural granite, it has offered a 33% carbon footprint reduction due to being manufactured in the UK, utilising 82% recycled and secondary material content.  Installation time for construction of the cycle route was reduced by 50%, which in turn impacted positively on the cost of preliminaries and traffic management.

Winning such a prestigious accolade cements Charcon’s position as the market leader for bespoke cycle segregation systems.  The Eco Countryside Kerb strengthens Charcon’s existing range of cycle kerbs which have been manufactured for various cycleway projects across the country, for the likes of Cambridgeshire County Council and Nottingham City Council.

The Charcon team attended the ceremony at London’s Royal Garden Hotel on Wednesday 26th October, with Mike Davies, Category Manager for Charcon, collecting the award.  On winning the award, Mike comments: “Being awarded Innovation of the Year for this particular project makes us incredibly proud. We worked hard to develop and supply 24,000l/m of a product that would not only improve the safety of the cyclists and other road users, but also that of the contractors due to the ease and speed of installation which also reduced the impact on road users during construction. We’d like to thank TfL and Ringway Jacobs for giving us the opportunity to partner with them on such an important project which, quite literally, will help to save lives.

“With the growth of cycleway infrastructure throughout the country, the potential for our segregation kerb solutions is significant and we have already seen an increasing number of Local Authorities showing an interest.”

For further information about Charcon range of products, visit www.charcon.com or call 01335 372 222.

British Manufacturer Vent-Axia Wins at Prestigious CIBSE Awards

Vent-AxiaLeading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia is celebrating winning ‘Energy Efficient Product or Innovation of the Year’ at the prestigious Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Awards 2017. Scooping the award for its revolutionary Sentinel Kinetic Advance Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR), the Sussex-based company received the accolade at Grosvenor House, Park Lane in London on Tuesday 7th February at an event that was attended by the biggest names in the industry.

Now in its 10th year, these respected awards recognise excellence in the built environment. This year over 750 people came to hear England International rugby star, Matt Dawson, announce the winners. The esteemed CIBSE Building Performance Awards recognise outstanding new and innovative products which significantly improve building performance. The awards focus on actual, measured performance, not design intent or performance specifications so only proven products are shortlisted and award winners are acknowledged as best in class.

Judged by a distinguished panel of industry leaders the ‘Energy Efficient Product or Innovation of the Year’ award recognises building services solutions that reduce the amount of energy used in buildings through the efficient use of energy by the innovation itself. Following a rigorous judging process the ground-breaking Sentinel Kinetic Advance was chosen as the winner of the award. The Judges were impressed by the Sentinel Kinetic Advance’s ingenious use of very modern technology, its ability to “deliver strong performance” as well as “ease of installation” and that internally it is made from all recycled materials. 

“We are delighted that our innovative Sentinel Kinetic Advance MVHR has won the “Energy Efficient Product or Innovation of the Year’ award at the CIBSE Awards 2017. To be recognised by the industry in this manner, and in such important awards for the built environment, is a real honour” said Ian Mitchell, Product Marketing Manager – New Build Residential,. “At Vent-Axia we are committed to innovation and continuous development and the Advance really is a new breed of MVHR unit.”

With best in class performance and offering near silent, energy efficient and high pressure operation, Advance is perfect for care homes and student accommodation as well as New Build residential properties. It extracts warm, moist air from ‘wet’ rooms through ducting which passes through the heat exchanger before being exhausted outside. Fresh incoming air is preheated via the integral heat exchanger which recovers over 93% of the heat energy that would otherwise be wasted.

Designed for air-tight thermally efficient new build properties, the Advance is the first UK-manufactured web-enabled App-controlled MVHR unit, providing energy efficient ventilation and pioneering control. Featuring groundbreaking commissioning and control via the App, Advance encourages best practice and high performance through simplified commissioning, saving installers time on site. USB functionality also allows pre-commissioning, thus saving time on developments with same specification builds.

There are many other benefits that this new technology brings. Firstly a key specification driver is efficiency. The Advance tops the PCDB list as the best performing MVHR system in its class, boasting a specific fan power of 0.38W/l/w with 93% heat recovery and airflow of 100l/s at 150Pa, offering high pressure development. This new breed of MVHR is not only efficient, it is also extremely quiet with trickle settings up to 40% staying below 20dBA, achieving the Holy Grail of high efficiency and low sound levels.

Offering a range of features that improve indoor air quality (IAQ) the Advance features a unique and innovative free App which residents can download onto their smartphones to allow them to control their IAQ. Via the App residents can boost the unit and view efficiencies and temperatures. Filters up to F7 grade ensure that even buildings in heavily urbanised areas can filter out most impurities, including damaging PM2.5 particles. A filter check warning tells building occupiers via the App or email when filters need changing, thus helping to maintain the quality of incoming air.

Developed for modern thermally efficient buildings, Advance also features a revolutionary programmable summer bypass to ensure year-round thermal comfort. The summer bypass is pioneering since it is fully automatic and truly intelligent, a first. The summer bypass is set for both comfort temperature and minimum external temperature. These settings enable the controls to determine whether it is winter or summer allowing it to run without resident intervention. 

For further cooling the Advance summer bypass has an evening purge feature that boosts early evening and then runs on a timer until about 10pm so there is no nuisance noise at night. Additional cooling is also available for periods of several days of high temperatures and warm nights. Here the Advance utilises a Night-Time Purge. This allows a building to be pre-cooled for the following day by taking advantage of cooler night-time temperatures.

For further information on all products and services offered by Vent-Axia telephone 0844 856 0590 or visit www.vent-axia.com. For further details visit on the CIBSE awards, visit www.cibse.org/building-performance-awards/2017-winners

High performance, long life timber cladding

Accoya®, the modified, highly durable and dimensionally stable certified timber cladding – is available from all eight of James Latham’s timber depots.

Created from sustainably sourced wood and completely non-toxic, Accoya is a revolution in wood technology.

timber cladding

And with TRADA approval for the 15mm profile when used as an external cladding product, it’s the perfect solution for exterior cladding, siding and façades where the wider board offers numerous features and benefits including enhanced aesthetics, less frequent maintenance, dimensional stability, durability and improved insulation values.

Suitable for horizontal or vertical installation, Accoya can be used to create simple or complex designs.  And with a choice of factory coating finishes, it can be opaque coated or, for those wishing to enjoy the natural look of wood, translucent coated.

timber cladding

Plus, with a 50-year guarantee when used externally, Accoya’s low maintenance requirements add to its ‘whole life’ cost effectiveness and environmental credentials and this versatility makes it ideal for use in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Paul Leach, James Latham’s Group Product Sales & Development Manager for Accoya said, “When it comes to cladding, Accoya ticks all the boxes and is the perfect solution for many exterior applications which were once only feasible with non-sustainable material. Use of the wider cladding boards is allowed by the improved dimensional stability, plus cladding joints do not open, tolerances remain tight and twist is prevented. In addition, the wood’s natural appearance is retained for longer, thanks to the superior resistance to the effects of UV exposure.”

He added, “Accoya is a fantastic material for external specification and fits perfectly with our already established range of sustainable products.”

In addition to cladding, sidings and facades, Accoya wood is also ideal for windows, doors and decking.

To learn more about Latham’s complete product range please visit www.lathamtimber.co.uk. Information is also available from Latham’s marketing department by e-mailing: marketing@lathams.co.uk or by calling: 0116 257 3415

Accoya® chosen as the ideal wood for an Orangery in Birmingham

Accoya was selected as the ideal wood for the custom fabricated windows and doors of this orangery, designed and crafted by Midland Conservatories.http://joineryforlife.accoya.com/blog/case-studies/

As a company, Midland Conservatories make a range of high end windows, doors, conservatories & orangeries. Increasingly, Midland Conservatories have found that they have been asked to use Accoya more throughout their projects having seen all the benefits Accoya has to offer.

They now use Accoya as standard for a range of components including all of their opaque door sashes. For this orangery project in Birmingham, Midland Conservatories designed and built the entire project to the customers specification using Accoya.

timber windows and doors

Accoya was also selected for its environmental credentials and ability to retain paint, resulting in lower maintenance. Plus, thanks to Accoya’s improved stability coatings last at least two times longer compared to other traditional hardwoods.

timber windows and doors

Inspired by design?  Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

Totally verifiable performance standards from Schöck

Ecobuild Stand B133

thermal break technology

Innovative product developments, unrivalled performance certification and an exciting range of software support packages, all combine to strengthen Schöck’s continued position as the number one supplier of verifiable performance thermal break technology.

This year, Schöck pushes the boundaries further with its new  generation of Schöck concrete-to-concrete Isokorb, offering unrivalled thermal performance for both standard and Passivhaus construction.     Also on display is the Isokorb type AXT – offering a more thermally efficient and more durable alternative to wrapped parapets and minimum savings of 10% on construction costs.

The rest of the Isokorb family, for concrete-to-steel and steel-to-steel connectivity are on display too – all with the reassurance of the new BBA certification, verifying Schöck to the most up-to-date industry requirements.    Among the latest software packages there is the new Calculation Software for the Isokorb type KS and the Thermal Bridge Calculator.   A brand new customer focussed website is being launched and you can get up-to-date information on the latest BIM developments.

The Schöck team is of course on hand to discuss any of the new developments and to offer ‘live’ consultancy advice on any project specific requirements you may have.

Contact Schöck on 01865 290 890 or visit www.schoeck.co.uk